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Wounded Warriors High Five Tour hits Columbus

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The Wounded Warriors High Five Tour made a stop in Columbus Monday.

The 3rd High Five Tour kicked off June 21. On the 40th stop of the 21,000 mile tour, locals visited the Sport Clips on Whittlesey Boulevard to give soldiers some words of encouragement, and dollars too.

The Wounded Warriors Family Support Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, also known as Bettye Jean, is already covered in signatures and the tour isn't even halfway over. Volunteer Cindy Hill says people like to help out those in need, especially when they've been injured in the fight.

"Our military put their life on the line in order to protect our freedom," says Hill, "and it's something that's very, very valuable to each of us as Americans."

The mission of the tour is to raise money for two new smart homes for SFC John Masson of Fayetteville, N.C. and SGT Rusty Dunagan of Guthrie, Okla. both of whom are now paraplegic. The Gary Sinise Foundation is helping out with the smart homes just like with local veteran Michael Schlitz, whose house is under construction right now. The organization designs each home specifically for the recipient's needs.

Greg Parris has followed the tour each year because he has multiple veterans in his family, and he owns a Mustang himself. "I think it raises awareness for the hardships of Americans," he says, "certainly different wounds require different ways of making a house available to a person who has suffered a combat casualty."

100% of the proceeds from the tour will go to the construction of the houses. After Bettye Jean makes her final stop, she will be auctioned off by famed car auctioneer Barrett Jackson and that money will go to the houses as well.

Hill says, "A couple of years ago somebody bid on it and got it for $500,000, gave it back to Barrett Jackson, and sold it again for over $400,000."

If you missed the tour you can still visit any Sport Clips location nationwide to donate by July 26.

You can also see where Bettye Jean is heading next by visiting the High Five Tour's website at www.highfivetour.com.

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